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Metropolitan Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program

Occupational Therapy Job Outlook

MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Program Coordinator: 
Amber Jenkins, 816.604.4235
Application deadline: 
June 15

Base salary and job outlook

  • Median wages (national): $23.19 hourly; $48,230 annually
  • Median wages (Missouri): $21.94 hourly; $45,600 annually
  • Median wages (Kansas): $22.67 hourly; 47,200 annually
  • Projected job growth (national - 2006-2016): much higher than average (21% increase)
  • Projected employee need (national - 2006-2016): 10,000 additional employees

Personal characteristics

  • Cooperation: being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude
  • Dependability: being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations
  • Integrity: being honest and ethical
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace
  • Concern for others: being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job
  • Stress Tolerance: requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations
  • Attention to Detail: requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks
  • Self Control: developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done
  • Independence: ability to direct and complete one's work with little or no supervision
  • Social Orientation: preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job

Additional career information